IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1134: Metal Medievalism, II: Metal Studies, Medieval Studies, and the Resurgence of the Far Right

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Shamma Boyarin, Department of English, University of Victoria
Moderator/Chair:Camille Françoise Béra, Groupe de Recherche d'Histoire (GRHis) Université de Rouen Normandie
Paper 1134-aExtreme Music for Extreme People: Confronting White Supremacy in and through Metal Medievalism
(Language: English)
Shamma Boyarin, Department of English, University of Victoria
Index terms: Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Music, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 1134-b'Templars, fight or fall!': The Border between the Extreme and the Entertaining in Power Metal
(Language: English)
Brian Egede-Pedersen, Independent Scholar, Nykøbing Falster
Index terms: Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Music, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 1134-cMedievalising Narratives in Heavy Metal: When Fascist and Non-Fascist Discourses Are Indistinguishable
(Language: English)
Amaranta Saguar García, Departamento de Literaturas Hispánicas y Bibliografía Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Index terms: Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Music, Teaching the Middle Ages
Abstract

In the past few years many scholars in Metal Studies and in Medieval Studies have realized that the subject of each field’s study, the Middle Ages and metal music respectively, is site of inspiration for individuals and groups belonging to various elements that can be termed ‘Far Right’. Because of this we have to think carefully about how we study and teach our subjects. ‘Metal medievalism’ is one place where both these two fields intersect, and one of the sources for ‘Far Right’ engagement with them. This session aims to pool resources and bring together scholars thinking about this issue from both directions, in order to have a frank (if difficult) discussion about our challenges and think about strategies for doing better.